should allow time for completing background research on
each research topic. Many libraries have sources which explain
about archives and how to conduct archival research.
County of Oxford Archives does not accommodate genealogical
or local history research. This is better done at a genealogical
your first contact with the archives by telephone or by
mail, stating your research query concisely. Through a reference
interview, mutually suitable research times can be arranged
and any access restrictions or procedures can be explained.
visiting an archives, be aware that certain records may
not be immediately available for your use. Some records
contain sensitive information and are subject to review
under government freedom of information and privacy protection
legislation. In other instances, the physical condition
of the documents or their availability in microform may
records may not be borrowed and no researchers are allowed
to browse through the stacks area. All documents must be
consulted in a supervised reference area.
ink of any kind may be used in the reference area. Remember
to bring pencils, paper, and/or a laptop computer (with
extension cord) for notetaking.
provisions of the current federal Copyright Act govern the
use of all material within this archives. It is the researcher's
responsibility to obtain copyright clearance.
eating, and drinking are prohibited in the archives. Such
practices can stain or damage documents and food residue
attracts insects which will harm paper.
belongings such as coats, briefcases, and parcels can be
brought into the reference area only at the discretion of
material is arranged by original order. Mixing files or
documents undermines their research value.
cotton gloves will be provided for handling fragile documents.
These prevent the soiling of documents and damage to paper
not mark or fold documents. Handle all archival items with
care and avoid propping up books or applying any undue pressure.
If you wish to mark your place, use paper flags which can
be interleaved as required.
citations ensure that the same material can be consulted
in the future. Take adequate notes to ensure that factual
data and quotations are recorded in full.
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